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Old-Fashioned Soft Popcorn Balls


20 cups popped popcorn

2 cups sugar

1 1/2 cups water

1/2 cup light corn syrup

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon vinegar

1 cup candy corn, small gumdrops, raisins or salted peanuts

How to make

  1. STEP 1

    Place popcorn in large bowl or roasting pan; set aside.

  2. STEP 2

    Combine all remaining ingredients except candy in 2-quart saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, 40-45 minutes or until candy thermometer reaches 250°F. or small amount of mixture dropped into ice water forms a hard ball.

  3. STEP 3

    Remove from heat. Pour mixture over popcorn. Stir until all popcorn is coated. Gently stir in candy.

  4. STEP 4

    Using buttered hands and working quickly, shape about 1 cup popcorn into ball. Place onto waxed paper. Repeat with remaining popcorn. Cool completely; wrap in waxed paper or plastic food wrap.

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